Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys,
John Manners Kerr (see here and here),
Long career in British Army.
Appointed Ensign on 21 Feb 1785. [Obituary] says joined 111th Foot at Gibraltar, but it is unclear that 111th existed in 1785.
Became Lieutenant in 60th Foot on 24 Sept 1787.
He mar 1stly, pre-1793, to Isabella Errington [born 1774, dau of George Errington, see here].
He went with his regiment to Barbados in the West Indies. Britain and France went to war in Feb 1793.
He was Captain of the 60th Foot in the attack on Tobago, which they captured from the French in Apr 1793.
Became Major 29 June 1794.
Became Lieutenant colonel 25 Oct 1794.
Stayed in West Indies until May 1795 [Obituary].
Appointed 1794 or 1795 commander of Northampton Regiment of Fencible Infantry with rank of Colonel-Commandant. This regiment was raised in 1793 by his father Dr. William Kerr. John Manners Kerr was their commander until the regiment disbanded in 1801.
The Northampton Fencibles were based in Ireland.
He transferred to the 62nd Foot in Mar 1798.
Appointed Colonel 1 Jan 1801.
He was Commander of the Forces in the islands of Grenada, Dominica, Barbados and St. Vincent 1801-04.
He was appointed Brigadier General in West Indies on 5 Feb 1802 [Obituary].
England and Ireland:
[Obituary] says he returned to England due to ill health in June 1804. Then from Sept 1804 to June 1806 he was on the staff of the North West District of England, with command of the volunteer force of Manchester and neighbourhood. Then in July 1806 he was appointed to the staff in Ireland.
However this conflicts with the Almanacks at the time. The years in the [Obituary] seem a bit out.
He is listed in [Dublin Almanack, 1804] as serving in Ireland as "Colonel" with the 62nd Foot.
He is listed as Colonel with the 62nd Foot in [Dublin Almanack, 1805]. He is serving in Ireland.
He is listed among the Brigadier Generals in [Dublin Almanack, 1807]. He is with the 62nd Foot, serving in Ireland.
He is listed as Brigadier General on the Army staff of Ireland in [Dublin Almanack, 1808].
He was appointed Major-General 25 Apr 1808.
On 26 Sept 1808 he left Irish staff to a position in England.
Isabella died 14th Oct 1808, age 34 yrs.
was Commander of
5th Royal Veteran Battalion
Appointed 25 June 1810.
He is listed among the Major-Generals in [Dublin Almanack, 1811]. He is with the 5th Royal Veteran Battalion.
Appointed Lieutenant-General in 1813.
He is listed among the Lieutenant-Generals in [Dublin Almanack, 1814]. He is with the 5th Royal Veteran Battalion.
[Burkes LG, 1886]
describes him as of "The Great House, co. Northampton".
Rugby School Register
says this house was in Northampton.
This house is unidentified.
It may refer to
his father's house, Sheep St, Northampton.
At marriage 1814 he is described as of the Parish of St.Sepulchre in Northampton, which would include Sheep St.
Seems to have no connection to Wales until his 2nd mar.
mar 2ndly, 14 Dec 1814,
at Llangar church
to Margaret Davies
born c.1770, Plas Issa, Wales],
Church register says 14 Dec.
See marriage notice on p.674 of The Gentleman's Magazine, Volume 84, Part 2, July-Dec 1814. This thought it was 15 Dec.
She was dau of Hugh Davies, of Penybont and Tyllcha, Edeirnion, N Wales,
by his wife Katherine Owen, heiress of Plas Issa (now Plas Isaf), Llangar parish, Merionethshire, near Corwen, N Wales.
His dau married at Northampton in 1816.
They moved at some point to live at Plas Issa, Merionethshire, Wales.
See 1820 letter from him. Mentions "Dr. Kerr". (His father was still alive.) The letter is about a letter of credit, and also enquiring about the future of the Veteran Battalions.
His father died 4th Sept 1824.
[1824 deed] is dated 14 - 15 Oct 1824. He is described as of of Plas Issa, Llangar.
Margaret died at Plas Issa, 15 Sept 1825, age c.55 yrs, NOT 1820.
See notice on p.383 of The Monthly magazine, 1 Nov 1825.
She was bur 20 Sept 1825, Llangar church (near Plas Issa).
Kerr inherited Plas Issa under her will.
He is listed as Lieutenant-General in [Treble Almanac 1829].
mar 3rdly, 15th Jan 1829, to
Catherine Lloyd [bapt 2 Dec 1776,
Edward the Elder].
They married at Llangwm (W of Maesmor). He was age 62. She was age 52.
She was co-heiress of Maesmor and Trefnant.
He became a General 1830.
Maesmor was re-modelled 1830 in Neo-Tudor style.
He is listed as "of Plas Issa" in 1837. See Gwynedd Archives, ZQS/M1837/22.
Sheriff of Merionethshire, 1838-39:
He was Sheriff of Merionethshire 1838-39. Described as of Plas Issa at his appointment as Sheriff in 1838.
Kalendar of Gwyedd lists "John Manners Kerr, of Plas Issa Esq. High Sheriff of Merionethshire 1 February 1838-9".
At some point they moved to Maesmor Hall.
He sold Plas Issa to Colonel Vaughan of Rug, Corwen.
They are both listed as living Maesmor Hall in [Census, 1841]. He is listed as "Army Pensioner". They have 8 servants.
His will is dated 24 Mar 1842.
He died 1st Apr 1843, Maesmor Hall, age 76 yrs.
[Gentleman's Magazine obituary] says died "Maesmor heath". This phrase only appears in the Gentleman's Magazine and so is probably an error.
He was bur at Llangwm church. There was a monument to him there.
There is a memorial to him at Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Northampton, beside his father's grave.
Will proved 13 May 1843.
Catherine is listed as widow, living Maesmor Hall, in [Census, 1851], has 8 servants.
She died 3rd Apr 1859, Maesmor Hall, age 82 yrs.
She was bur Llangwm.
John Manners Kerr had issue by his 1st wife Isabella Errington:
John Manners Kerr listed among the Lieutenant-Generals in [Treble Almanac 1829, p.142].
There was a monument to John Manners Kerr at Llangwm church.
Inside of church is gutted.
Graveyard survives. No Kerr grave found in initial search of graveyard.
Kerr monument might have been inside church. Memorials inside church have been removed. They were probably moved to another church when it was sold. Possibly moved to the new parish church, St. Catherine's Church, Maerdy.
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